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The number of crisps remaining in that bowl may depend upon the intensity of the sports watched. Shutterstock

Will watching the Olympic Games make you eat more?

Identifying with the athletes on screen, many volunteers felt an irresistible urge to plunge their hands into a bowl of sweets.
Enshrining and enforcing the status of a ‘protected class’ for children engaged in athletic work would be a major step toward achieving children’s rights in sport. (Shutterstock)

With Olympics approaching, it’s time to recognize children as a protected class in sport

With the Paris Olympics and the 35th anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child approaching, now is the ideal time to focus on protecting the rights of child athletes.
A man walks past the Olympic rings in front of the Paris City Hall in July 2023. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Paris 2024 Olympics: How the Games are being used to marginalize the most vulnerable

Sporting events like the Olympic Games claim to promote equality and human dignity, yet are frequently used to marginalize people. Perhaps it’s time to consign Olympism to the dustbin of history.
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How breakdancing became the latest Olympic sport

In an effort to bring the Olympics to a wider and younger audience, breaking is the latest “sport” to make its debut at Paris 2024. But how will it work as a scored sport?
Brendan Anderson of the United States competes in men’s modern pentathlon riding at the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile, on Oct. 27, 2023. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Modern pentathlon is invoking a fictional Pierre de Coubertin to justify its controversial politics

For more than 100 years, international sport organizations have executed monopolistic power. Now, one has resurrected the founder of the modern Olympics to promote its controversial politics.
Suncorp Stadium general manager Alan Graham and Queensland premier Steven Miles discuss the 2032 Olympic Games situation. AAP Image/Darren England

Recovering after a false start? What’s the state of play for Brisbane’s 2032 Olympic and Paralympic planning?

Queensland premier Steven Miles is walking a tightrope in trying to deliver a spectacular yet sustainable, legacy-driven 2032 Brisbane Olympics.
Inaugurated in February, the new Arena Porte de La Chapelle, which will be used for gymnastics and badminton, is seen as an opportunity for the area to shed its poor reputation. Miguel Medina/AFP

Does hosting the Olympics, the World Cup or other major sports events really pay off?

Do big sporting events such as the Olympics help boost tourist numbers in the long run? It all depends on where they take place, according to research.
A recent study found that 41 per cent of Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes met the criteria for one or more mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety or eating disorders. (Shutterstock)

Big dreams and high demands: The mental health challenges of elite youth athletes

Given the unique demands and pressures of competing in elite sport environments, it is imperative that we pay attention to elite youth athletes’ mental health needs.

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